Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spring Fling

When I think spring I go CRAZY!!

Grass grows, tulips bloom, people's spirits begin to rise, this is when I feel the heavens sing!

I have been wanting to finish up our screened in porch for quite some time.

Walk down memory lane, shall we??
Our house came with a hot tub, which we removed...
And a really unstable deck, which we removed...
And a coy pond, which we had already removed in this picture and were waiting to fill in...

{pond removal}

Now that the hot tub area is filled in, the pond area leveled and sodded its time to wrap this project up.

We need install the beadboard ceiling, stain the porch floor, paint a few more boards, add some fresh screen, and ... my fave... accessorize!!!
{I am really letting it "all hang out" for yall ps, this work was completed in June 10' and I am just now sharing... ashamed?? maybe... but we are so close to the end now.}
{notice in the middle we were laying out the ground work for a fire pit. this will be removed, great idea in theory but with a 2 yr old chasing your dog... not so much. I dont want to go to the emergency room}
ps.... see how much shade this back yard has.. thats due to no tree trimming for at least the last 10 years. 
well that was taken care of on friday by my new hero.... our mr. fix it my mom went to high school with.
before photos.
{yes we back up to the interstate, no I don't hate it, no its not loud, how do I plan to disguise it?? guess you will have to wait and see}
{we have already removed 6 baby trees on our own previous to this picture... I live in pine needle land!}
mr. bradford pear, I love your shape... hate your droppings and hate your spring smell.
plus you were a mere 18' from my house so you had to go.
disclaimer: I am very well aware only a small portion of my porch is white, I am only sooo tall and felt unstable on a old shaky ladder so we hope to take care of all of that ugly brown withing the next 2 weeks!!! I promise we are not "in the ghetto/ white trash" 
please don't judge my abrupt halting of project... I am waiting on muscles and manpower to help me wrap this up.
all my limbs piled out at the street.
I went to grab my recycling bin this morning and a nice man was collecting the neighbors trimmings{city sanitation worker, he informed me he would move my heaping pile to the top of the list!! U ROCK MISTER and deserve a city employee of the day award!!!!!}
Within 2 hours this is what baby and I watched for a good 20 minutes.
see, all government workers aren't bad!!
Now, back onto the porch...
Here is something we found hanging from one of our pine trees when we purchased the home.

{this is the chandy taped off and ready for spray paint}

Our plan for our screened in porch is to have a very "Key West" feel. 

We are wanting to white wash all the flooring, ceiling, spindles and bring our colors in through our furniture and accessories.

Think turqouise, yellow, orange; very bright and tropical!!

So a turqouise chandelier was step one to put some pep in my step and get me ready for spring!!
I hope to have this hanging for the reveal, but I am finally seeing some headway on this project and it feels good!!!!
Time for some inspiration photos...
Shall we?
artwork for outdoors?

holy dream house... you make my knees weak.
{source unknown}
{via decorpad}
{via country living}
{via decorpad}

Hopefully we will have this spring bug stay with us so we can get our space looking like this in no time. 
What are you working on this spring??
spring cleaning anyone??


this blessed nest said...


you all have been busy. holy smokes. it will be wonderful when you get it all done. we live a street away from the interstate. i hate it during the winter when the trees don't have leaves to help with the sound. but during all the other seasons, it doesn't bother me.

your lawn looks wonderful. i KNOW you must of been so excited to get some of the trees trimmed. i would of been!

thank you so much for linking up to the SPRING FLING!

have a super day!

Cha Cha said...

Wow, I need you guys at my house, my yard is a mess. I can't wait to see how it ends up. I am dreaming of Summer already after looking at those inspiration pictures.

Warm thoughts and sandy wishes,
Cha Cha

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Love your porch inspirations! Great minds think alike : ) And holy cow you guys have done some major work in your backyard. Looking great!!